"Liesel opened one of her books and began to read. The book on top was The Whistler and she spoke it aloud to help her concentrate... By page three, everyone was silent but Liesel. For at least twenty minutes, she handed out , the story. The youngest kids were soothed by her voice, and everyone else saw the visions of the whistler running from the crime scene" (Zusak 380-381).
During the air raid, everyone is going into shelter and panicking. Children are crying and people are just shoving and pushing. Liesel however decides to remain calm by reading a book out loud to her self. Soon enough people start to quiet down and listens to Liesel. As she reads through the books the people start to forget whats going on outside and just focuses on her voice. Children finds it soothing and everyone else is imagining the book in their head. This shows how the power of words can impact someone or even a large group of people.
Benjamin Zander retold a heartbreaking story about a girl who is an Auschwitz survivor and her brother. In this short highlight video, it tells about a girl who got onto a train with her brother to Auschwitz. While on the train ride, she realizes her brothers shoes were missing. She then proceeded to tell him how stupid he was and such just because he lost his shoes. But, those were the last words she said to him before he passed away. Obviously she is heartbroken because she didn't say anything nice or words of admiration before her brother passed away. Therefore after she escaped the camp, she vowed to herself that "I will never say anything that could stand as the last thing I ever say." This shows that how words can affect yourself and make you change as a person.
Theme 3: Money can buy Happiness